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Event Open to Community as College Partners with The American Red Cross to Boost Area Blood Supply

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – To help boost dwindling blood supplies in the Hudson Valley, SUNY Orange will join forces with the American Red Cross for the College’s first summer community blood drive event, scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 5 in the George F. Shepard Student Center, 115 South St., Middletown.

Typically the College’s blood drive events are held during the academic year (September to May) and are open to faculty, staff and students. However, all willing donors from the community are invited and encouraged to donate during the upcoming August event. All donors will receive a coupon redeemable for a free carton of ice cream at participating Friendly’s restaurants.

Blood types O, A negative and B negative are often in high demand at local hospitals, yet supplies of those types are currently dangerously low.

“In summer we experience a 10 to 15 percent drop in blood donations due to many blood donors vacationing and fewer blood drives sponsored by schools,” said Tony Ferlenda, the Red Cross’ NEPA Blood Region CEO. “Summer is also a season with increased outdoor activities such as biking, boating, hiking and swimming. The need for blood to treat the types of injuries that may occur from these activities typically increases.”

Statistically, someone in America needs blood every two seconds. In New York and Pennsylvania alone, events such as car and truck accidents, cancer treatments, surgeries and other occurrences deplete available blood supplies, resulting in a need for blood and blood donors that affects every community and every workplace.

Anyone 17 years or older, weighing at least 110 pounds and in general good health may be eligible to donate blood. Prospective 16-year-old donors may give blood provided they bring an original “Signed Informed Parental Consent for 16-Year-Old to Donate Whole Blood” to the blood drive. The consent form can be obtained from the Red Cross at (570) 823-7164. To preserve blood supply safety, the federal FDA requires identification at the time of donation to give blood.

The schedule an appointment, contact the SUNY Orange Health Services Office at (845) 341-4870, or via e-mail at

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940